Will Horse Meat Scandal Lead To New Food Safety Legislation In U.S.?

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Will Horse Meat Scandal Lead To New Food Safety Legislation In U.S.?

Recently, news reports have been saturated with stories of products containing horse meat - the most recent, products in Britain sold by Taco Bell, Bird's Eye, and Brakes, a UK catering supplier. Upon testing the supposed "beef" used in menu items at three Taco Bell locations, a spokesman said that, "Based on that testing, we learned ingredients supplied to us from one supplier in Europe tested positive for horse meat." The spokesman said that upon learning this news, the products were immediately withdrawn from sale. The ongoing horse meat crisis in Europe has continued to prompt new recall announcements, including recalls made by such well-known brands as Nestle and Ikea. Ikea announced recently that following the detection of horse meat in products said to contain pork or beef, Czech authorities began recalling their Swedish meatballs. The scandal involving horse meat began when the primary food safety agency in Ireland began scrutinizing burgers in some of the country's grocery stores. After genetic testing, it was revealed that some of the products which were labeled beef indicated significant amounts of pig and horse DNA in the products. A February New York Times article indicated that to date, as many as a dozen countries reported markets that had been affected. Nestle claimed that operations in the United States should not be affected; a spokesperson for the company said that Nestle is confident that in the U.S., no products containing horse meat have been distributed. At Markem-Imaje, we realize how devastating news like this can be for companies and brands, even when the problem seems to be contained within other countries. Because several major brands have been affected in the horse meat scandal, it appears to be taking on an increasingly global dimension, which could result in gaining momentum when it comes to new food safety legislation in the U.S. In fact, U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro recently said that in the current lawmaking session, she intends to push for the passage of a bill which would strengthen the federal government's ability in regulating the food supply. Mislabeling is a huge problem around the globe, as indicated in this story. Consumers demand to know what is in the foods they consume. Markem-Imaje is a global supplier of coding and marking systems, providing industrial solutions to manufacturers in a wide scope of industries. Count on us for all of your industrial printing equipment needs.

January 10, 2014
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